Weekly Update

Strive Center for Autism - September 17, 2021

Hiring in Burton

Just a reminder that we are currently hiring in Burton, so if you know anyone who has at least 60 college credits, loves children, has lots of energy, and would like to have the best job in the world, please refer them to our website:

Career Opportunities

Our temporary transfer, Megan, has had a great week getting to know the kids and settling in. Thank you so much for making her feel welcome!

August Leaves

As you know, we track all of the skills each child gains with their very own Tree of Possibilities, and a leaf sticker is placed on the tree for every new skill. In July, we set a record for the most skills acquired in a month with a total of 298 new skills. In August, we blew that away with a new record: 440 new skills acquired! This brings our total for the year to 1,832 skills acquired. These kids are amazing!!

Policy Reminder - Extra change of clothes

Just a friendly reminder that our handbook requests that each family leave 2 complete changes of clothing (including socks) at the center for their child. If you keep one in your child's backpack, that can count as one of the two.

With the change in seasons, we will look through the clothes at the centers now, and send home anything that's not warm enough for fall, or looks like it may be too small.

We realize that two changes of clothes may seem like a lot, but we want your child to remain comfortable and clean, no matter the situation.

When clothes are soiled, we will send them home in a plastic bag, and we request that you provide a replacement on your child's next therapy day. If you're unsure what clothes we have for your child, feel free to ask - and parents are welcome to come in the building to see what we have. You can ask to check on your child's clothing when you come in for an observation, or any day.

Recommended Reading

We thought with September being the time to head back to school, it might be a good time to share some of our favorite books about Autism.

Today, we'd like to highlight two books, one for adults and one to share with children.

For adults, Let Me Hear Your Voice by Catherine Maurice is a novel written from a mother's point of view. It tells the family's story from a diagnosis of Autism for their daughter, through a variety of treatments, and finally improvement for their daughter.

For children, A Friend Like Simon by Kate Gaynor is another simple and short book written about a classmate with Autism. In this case, the child with Autism tends to echo speech he hears, and his classmate learns how to befriend him.

We'll share two more books next week, but feel free to ask your BCBA anytime for more recommendations.